Girton Town Charity


Village pays tribute as Robin retires

2 Jan 2024

Dr Robin HileyA celebration with GTC Trustees and colleagues was held to recognise Dr Robin Hiley who had completed 25 years’ voluntary service with the Charity, during which time he was instrumental in seeing through a range of important and inspired initiatives to improve life for the residents of Girton.

At the event, Robin was presented with a sculpture of a Girton Goose made by Cambridge-born Matthew Lane Sanderson who created the Village’s Sculpture Railings.

The Goose reflects Girton’s long and unique relationship with geese, as they were an important source of feathers for quills used by scholars and scribes at Cambridge University Colleges.

A summary of his achievements included Robin fulfilling the Charity’s decision to sell its land on Wellbrook Way, resulting in a significant endowment to increase the provision of almshouses and broaden the range of schemes and grants to help residents, as well as build the William Collyn Community Centre and create a Sensory Garden.

GTC’s current Chair Ann Bonnett said: “In listing just some of the many achievements during Robin’s time with GTC, we can see what an enormous contribution he has made to our community and we owe him a huge debt of gratitude. I’d also like to thank his wife Sheila for her support and wish him a wonderful retirement.”